Market on Main reopens for summer season

Published 9:00 am Tuesday, June 6, 2023

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Vegetables, jewelry and sweet treats were just a sample of the various goods offered Saturday on the first day of Downtown LaGrange’s Market on Main.

The market featured over a dozen vendors, some returning from years past while others were brand new to the setting and eager to share what they had to offer with their customers.

Iesha Brooks of Just Because Bakeshop and More said Saturday was her second year attending the market.

“Lily Hamilton and I are good friends, and she invited me to come out. Since coming out, the market has been very good to me and has helped me get my business out more,” Brooks said. “In the community, you want to get your name out there, and this has done that for me.”

Long-time market vendors Patrick and Lisa Bexton have been vendors at the market for 15 years.

“We enjoy growing things and eating. So, we grow a lot of food that we can eat and grow a lot of flowers for the insects to help get our food pollinated,” Patrick said. “We haven’t used pesticides in our garden in about 10 years now. Sometimes it’s a challenge not to use pesticides, but it’s also nice to know that you can walk out and pick something straight and not worry about what’s on it.”

Patrick said his favorite part of the market is interacting with the people who come through.

“We get to meet a lot of people and made friends up here. One of the best ways to get motivated is to have people tell you how wonderful your stuff is — that motivates you to keep going,”

Patrick said. “A lot of times we’ll have garden tours and people come out to the house. Seeing my garden through other people’s eyes motivates me so much to keep going, especially when it gets 100 degrees out.”

Barbara and Mark Ward of Glass Creations made a return to the market for their fourth year.

“My favorite part of the market is seeing all the people and those who can appreciate a recycled project. We have gotten a lot of return business from just being up here,” Barbara said.

Barbara said the glass creations they sell are made from recycled glass bottles.

“Every bottle is donated to us. Our town doesn’t recycle glass and because some bottles are too pretty to throw away, why not take them and make something prettier out of them?” Barbara asked.

Market on Main is open on Saturdays from June to August from 8 a.m. to noon. in downtown LaGrange on the sidewalks surrounding Flagpole Park and Main Street.